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Jami Alden
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1 Mar 2009 Gemini Men
Ethan and Derek Taggart: they're the men of Gemini, and when it comes to sheet-scorching undercover work, nobody does it better. The only one they answer to is big brother Danny--that is, until the right women come along to grab the reins and crack the whip as hard as the Taggart men like it. . .

Security is Derek Taggart's game, and he plays it straight--no margin for error, no time to fool around. . .except with one hot little number who changes everything. He takes her home when she needs a ride--one she'll never forget. The problem is Derek can't forget her, a total about-face for a guy who keeps his enemies closer than his lovers. Then he finds out the sexy dynamo is Alyssa Miles, notorious party girl and darling of the gossip rags. It's time to walk away and never look back, which would be a hell of a lot easier if his agency didn't desperately need the high-profile gig her family's offering: a minor detail that consists mainly of Derek watching Alyssa 24/7. Keeping an eagle eye on every inch of Alyssa's nubile body isn't exactly a hardship--the problem is keeping his hands off and his brain on when things go dangerously wrong. . .


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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225474
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Socialite and diamonds 8 April 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Alyssa Miles is a socialite, a celebrity whose every move is detailed in the tabloids, along with her unfortunate taste in men (who kiss and tell) and a spell in rehab three years previously. When she meets a security man at a party and he doesn't know who she is, she seizes the opportunity to spend time with a man who sees her for herself. A one night stand is all it is, she thinks, until she returns home to find a murder scene and is put under guard - by the same man.

Derek Taggart, one of three brothers who run the Gemini security organisation, thinks Alyssa Miles is just a privileged trust-fund kid. But something about her gets under his skin and when she's in trouble, even if it seems that the trouble is self-caused, he can't help coming to her rescue. Can cold, emotionless Derek find emotion? Is there more to flighty Alyssa than parties and celebrity? And is there more to Alyssa's family's diamond business than meets the eye - could there be darker forces at work behind the business and behind the murder of her father?

I enjoyed this story once it had hit its stride, finding the initial few scenes a little lightweight. The undergirding story, that of conflict diamonds from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was an interesting angle and the unfolding of Alyssa and Derek's characters to each other worked well. There's plenty of sex in this story and Derek's business ethics are quite suspect (sleeping with a woman he's supposed to be guarding wouldn't look very good on his CV) but this story of the society belle and the former Army Ranger was a good read.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2009
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Gemini Man! 27 Feb 2009
By L. Nievin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had only recently discovered Jami Alden's first Gemini Man, Ethan Taggart in Caught a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. I was very excited to learn Derek's story would be out on February 24.
I loved Derek's story! When Derek first meets Alyssa Miles he doesn't know who she is and they share a night of torrid passion. Alyssa's father is murdered and her uncle enlists the help of Gemini Security to keep his family safe. Alyssa is a socialite embroiled in scandal--a previous boyfriend posted naked pictures of her on the internet and she had a stint in rehab. When it appears she is falling into drugs again Derek doesn't believe her when she proclaims innocence.
At times Derek can be a unfeeling and you want to smack some sense into him, but he also is incredibly protective of Alyssa and that trait in him is very endearing.
Alyssa's family is a mess, her uncle is unfeeling and cruel to her, her sister seems to be on her side but doesn't seem to believe her when she proclaims innocence in the drug issue. Even Alyssa's assistant seems against her instead of the trusty sidekick most assistant's are.
The passion between Derek and Alyssa is explosive and very well written. The back story of blood diamonds and diamond cartel is very intriguing and well researched.
The trust issues both Derek and Alyssa have are what at times keep them apart, but ultimately bring them together. Derek is afraid of loving and losing as his mother deserted him, his brothers and father several years ago. Alyssa wants to be treated like a "normal" woman and viewed with respect and not the spoiled socialite everyone thinks her to be. Together they work through this issues and learn to trust in each other.
Jami Alden does an incredible job weaving the tale of an alpha hero and his damsel in distress. She has become a keeper author for me.
I can't wait for older brother, Danny's story out in September!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Alyssa 4 Nov 2009
By C. Sledge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the entire Gemini series in two days. I really like the books. Each one better than the last. The brothers all Alpha males with emotional scars from a tragic family mystery. What I loved about this book was Alyssa. Ms. Alden created a character based on the Paris Hilton's of today's society. Party girls who seem to have too much money, too much time and no real purpose in life. I liked Alyssa and that really surprised me. She was true to form a party girl with requisite stint in drug rehab and internet sex scandal. I liked her because underneath it all she was a really nice girl who just wanted to be loved for herself. Somehow Ms. Alden managed to create a character who was sophiscated without being jaded, wounded and fragile but determined and strong. Derek was the perfect foil for Alyssa. Mr. I have no emotions, I always follow the rules and I am always in control. Not with Alyssa. Watching Derek come undone is a major part of this books appeal for me. Alyssa's love gave him the strength to let go and let her in and he gave her the love she'd waited on a lifetime. A true love story.The suspense is good but emotional pull of the characters is the true treasure. Definitely would recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Socialite and diamonds 27 Mar 2009
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alyssa Miles is a socialite, a celebrity whose every move is detailed in the tabloids, along with her unfortunate taste in men (who kiss and tell) and a spell in rehab three years previously. When she meets a security man at a party and he doesn't know who she is, she seizes the opportunity to spend time with a man who sees her for herself. A one night stand is all it is, she thinks, until she returns home to find a murder scene and is put under guard - by the same man.

Derek Taggart, one of three brothers who run the Gemini security organisation, thinks Alyssa Miles is just a privileged trust-fund kid. But something about her gets under his skin and when she's in trouble, even if it seems that the trouble is self-caused, he can't help coming to her rescue. Can cold, emotionless Derek find emotion? Is there more to flighty Alyssa than parties and celebrity? And is there more to Alyssa's family's diamond business than meets the eye - could there be darker forces at work behind the business and behind the murder of her father?

I enjoyed this story once it had hit its stride, finding the initial few scenes a little lightweight. The undergirding story, that of conflict diamonds from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was an interesting angle and the unfolding of Alyssa and Derek's characters to each other worked well. There's plenty of sex in this story and Derek's business ethics are quite suspect (sleeping with a woman he's supposed to be guarding wouldn't look very good on his CV) but this story of the society belle and the former Army Ranger was a good read.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2009
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!! This book is fantastic!!! You MUST read all three in the series! 12 Feb 2010
By Meredith Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jami Alden is a genius! I could read all of her books over and over again. Kept is one of three in her triology of THE GEMENI MEN books. The other two books, Caught and Unleased, I loved just as much. I've gotten all of my reading friends to read them as well, and they all drooled over these three hot, sexy, heroic studs!! THIS IS A MUST READ!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept 27 Jan 2010
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alyssa Miles has been dubbed by the media as the consummate party girl. When she gets in trouble again, Derek Taggart of Gemini Securities is sent to watch over her. Derek and Alyssa shared a hot, steamy one-night stand that neither can forget, but that was before Derek knew who Alyssa was. Keeping things strictly business is hard with attraction still simmering between them. Alyssa keeps proving that she is exactly the irresponsible girl everyone thinks she is, but she insists she's changed and that someone is setting her up. No one believes her though. When things change from bad publicity to danger, Derek starts taking notice. Protecting her from the media is one thing, protecting her life is another, and Derek will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

Time after time, Alyssa is let down and hurt in Kept. She never gets the benefit of the doubt and she can't clear her name to save her life - literally. It crushed her when Derek proved he didn't believe her either. Once was bad enough, but twice was heartbreaking. Derek has his own emotional baggage. It's understandably hard for both of them to trust, so it's incredibly satisfying and heart-warming when they find what they've been looking for. Derek and Alyssa's angst-filled romance stirs many emotions. I was riveted to every page of Kept, wondering if Alyssa would ever be safe from those she trusts.

Nannette
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